Serveral Gauchos Honored for Commitment to Academic Excellence

June 22, 2006

Several UC Santa Barbara women's water polo players - and the team as a whole - have been honored for their commitment to excellence in the classroom.

Five members of the UCSB squad - senior Alaina Whitaker, juniors Allie Carkin, ZiZi Clark and Rebecca Maichrowicz and sophomore Lindsay Knott - garnered all-academic recognition from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. It is the second consecutive year Whitaker and Clark have received this award. To be eligible for Academic All-MPSF acclaim, student-athletes must carry a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average, be at least a sophomore academically with at least one full year at their institution and have competed in fifty percent or more of her team's matches.

Clark was also named to the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches 2006 Women's All-Academic Team, boasting a 3.87 GPA that is 11th-highest in the nation across all NCAA Divisions. It marks the third straight year the history major from Atherton, Calif., was recognized by the ACWPC. Clark's academic achievement places her in the "outstanding" merit level, while Carkin achieved "superior" status for boasting a grade point average above 3.40. In addition, Gaucho sophomore goalkeeper Jenny Gonzales earned a spot in the "excellent" category for holding a GPA above 3.20.

Finally, UCSB boasted a 2.90 team GPA that ranked second among all MPSF schools and 26th among all institutions in the country that sponsor women's water polo.